Founded on antidiscrimination ideals, cooperatives have a storied history as LGBTQ havens.
“It’s pretty ingrained in the culture. [Co-ops] have been known as safe spaces for queer folks since probably the ’70s,” said Aj Hess, who’s worked in cooperatives since the early aughts.
Mariposa Food Co-op, the 48-year-old West Philadelphia staple, is no different.
Hess, the Co-op’s transitional general manager, estimates Mariposa’s staff is about 30-percent queer, themselves included.